California State University, Monterey BayTELACU Scholar
Bryan Sierra-Rivera was born in Mexico City and raised in a small rural village
more than 90 minutes from reliable healthcare. In 2000, his parents moved the
family to the United States in pursuit of a better life. A first-generation American
citizen and first-generation college student, Bryan now plans to be the first
member of his family to earn a Ph.D.
As a senior at California State University, Monterey Bay, Bryan is a biology
major with a concentration in ecology, evolution and organismal biology,
minoring in chemistry. He is an Undergraduate Research Opportunity Center
Scholar, Ronald E. McNair Scholar and a Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority
Participation Scholar. He has conducted antibiotic research at the University of
Texas at Austin and this summer he conducted microbial ecology research at
the University of Oregon.
After earning his Ph.D., Bryan plans to apply his knowledge and experience
within academia to help other first-generation college students from
underrepresented minority communities pursue opportunities in education.